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this m morning on "early today," capital compromise. after months of political wrangling, congress finally writes the check that will fund the government for the rest of the year. drama in dallas, surveillance video captures a violent parking lot purse snatching. and shk attack, a turkish man is lucky to be alive after a and shk attack, a turkish man is lucky to be alive after a metal shed rolls over him. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with one deal down, but a long way to go. after months of battling back and forth, congress has passed a
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2011 budget to the president's desk for final approval. but the price for common ground on slashing trillions from the soaring deficit has just begun. nbc's steve handelsman reports. >> we don't want to shut down government. >> reporter: wasn't that settled last friday? nope. the house voted and the senate on the 2011 budget through september. 59 republicans voted no, even though house speaker boehner insisted that he won $38 billion in cuts. >> instead of spending more and more and more, guess what? we're actually going to spend less. >> grants to police get slashed, health programs and the epa. but there's an increase to the pentagon. key party republicans demand deeper cuts. >> $14 trillion in debt. now, we can ignore that fact. >> i believe we have to cut a tremendous amount of spending. washington, let's just say, has
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not been forthright with the american people. >> reporter: for 2012 and ten years after, president obama wants to cut the deficit $4 trillion in part with tax hikes on the top bracket. >> it's not appropriate for us to ask for sacrifices from everybody except for the 2% of americans who are doing best. >> reporter: no tax hikes are in the next he republican budget. >> raising taxes on the very people that we expect to invest in our economy and create jobs is the wrong move. >> reporter: cochairs of the deficit commission begged for the action. >> now is the time for action. >> reporter: but it took congress months to finish the 2011 budget. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, capitol hill. the recent controversy stirred up by a number of air traffic controllers being caught sleeping on the job has caused one very big head to roll. the head of the u.s. traffic
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system resigned yesterday, a resignation quickly accepted by the federal aviation chief who vowed a major shake-up of the system to win back public trust. the departure came just hours after the latest case of a dozing controller surfaced in nevada where the pilot of a plane with a critically ill passenger couldn't get in touch with the controller while trying to land. according to the associated press, controllers say sometimes night shifters will sleep up to four hours of an eight-hour shift. despite two months of civil war, a brazen moammar gadhafi is showing no signs he's willing to resign as libya's leader. yesterday he rolled through the streets waving to supporters through the sun roof of his vehicle. the appearance came on the say day nato air strikes hit the area. also yesterday, gadhafi loyalists continue to pound the city of misrata. at least 13 people were killed.
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back here in the u.s., at least two people are dead and dozens more injured after a tornado ripped through a small town in southeastern oklahoma last night. as light breaks this morning, officials will try to determine the full extent of the damage as those efforts have been hampered because the twister struck just before dark, downed trees and power lines have blocked area roads. now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in texas, one woman's violent struggle to fight off a brutal purse snatcher was all caught on video. the victim battled her attacker holding on to her purse as he dragged her across the pavement. unfortunately the snatcher was able to get away with the purse. no arrest has been made. the u.s. military has a new eye in the sky. the atlas 5 rocket launched from the vandenburg air force base and it carried a spy satellite as its payload. we know the launch was part of a
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national reconnaissance office mission aimed at securing national defense. but the exact details of the satellite's purpose are classified. one florida resident needed to call in some help to rid his home of unwanted tenants. hundreds, possibly thousands of bees took up residence inside the walls of his home. a bee keeper needed to remove four feet of siding before evicting the giant colony and boxing them up for relocation. finally, in vermont, a pint sized powerhouse shows she's all business. the 9-year-old new jersey native broke several records at a weight lifting contest. she shattered one record by squatting 187 pounds. 187 pounds. remarkable. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning, bill. i'm feeling really wimpy. i have like an eight-pound
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byacceby s byaccept biceps curl. >> do you think you could do what she did? >> never. eight pound biceps curl, that's my limit. >> packing a punch. this tornado outbreak started last night. it will be a three-day event. the areas in red from kansas down through oklahoma, the fatalities that occurred with the southern portion of the storm and that was nasty, right around dark last night. this is how the evolution of the storms have gone. they went from last night, now little rock, arkansas, just got nailed. we still have tornado warnings. the worst of the storms are between little rock and memphis right on interstate 40. evenhese storms down by pine bluff are showing signs of rotation. you're going to exceed strong gusty winds heading into mississippi. here is how today's forecast shapes up. the worst of the severe weather to the south. to the north of the storm, we
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have a horrible blizzard conditions. yes, blizzard conditions in kansas, nebraska, up through the dakotas. but the worst of it today is the area in risk. more tornados possible in alabama and mississippi. that's a look at your national forecast. now here is a look at the weather outside your window. well, we're going to watch memphis. those storms will be arriving in your area as we go throughout the next hour or two. there's the possibility of damaging winds, maybe isolated tornados as they go through areas of tennessee. also, colder, windy conditions behind the storm. lynn, up on the severe weather and the weekend forecast in just a little bit. >> bill, thanks so much. also coming up, google stumbles, simon turns, and ladies, can you really attract men with a scent of bacon? your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, a small town bird from minnesota finds adventure in south america. but will he find success at the box office? coming up, a couple of odd
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sets in the stanley cup playoffs and an amazing fly that have have you scratching your head. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. the japanese government is ordering the operator of that country's damaged nuclear plant to pay about $12,000 to each household forced to evacuate to avoid radiation leaks. individuals would get about $9,000. while officials say more compensation is expected, some of the displaced have already slammed the handout as too little. the delaware legislature has approved a bill allowing civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. the state's governor says he looks forward to signing the measure into law which would make delaware the eighth state
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in the country granting legal status to gay couples. friends and families are mourning the passing of the world's oldest man who died of natural causes yesterday. walter brunen was 140 years old. he attributed his good health to a strict regimen of two meals a day. stunning video out of turkey shows a man surviving a freak accident when a powerful gust of wind caused a metal shack to roll over him. he was injured and rushed to the hospital, but it's safe to say the incident could have been much worse since the structure weighed over one ton. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,285 after adding 14 points yesterday. the s&p was up a fraction, but the nasdaq dipped a point. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei shed 62 points. while in hong kong, the hang seng dropped 5.
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they say you've got to spend money to make money. but today, we'll find out if investors think google is spending too much. after the bell, google reported a stunning 54% spending surge that spooked investors and sent shares tumbling in late trade. the report comes after a recent hiring spree and companywide raises which has some investors questioning the company's future under larry paige. overseas this morning, inflation levels picked up again in china last month despite repeated interest rate hikes cooling the rapidly growing economy. overseas, shares of infosys plunged to an almost two-year low after disappointing earnings. stocks got a boost yesterday after weekly employment rose
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unexpectedly. "the wall street journal" reports the securities and exchange commission is nearing a deal with several wall street banks to settle separate charges of fraud that triggered the financial crisis. ford shares slipped after widening a recall of more than a million of its best selling f-150 trucks over air bag problems. zip car zoomed 56% during its first day of trading on the nasdaq. finally, if you love the smell of bacon frying, one company is hoping you may also want to smell like it. that's right. bacon cologne, a peppery essence of pork that won't clog your arteries. coming up, a damon dinger, and some high school ingenuity on the diamond. plus, when it comes to the new york mets, maybe they should look for some help from their
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ball boys. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. severe weather will continue into your saturday. your weekend forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." and in sports, last night was a
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night of upset in hockey's stanley cup playoffs. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. it's a rivalry as old as the game itself, the boston bruins and montreal canadiens. canadiens are the lower seed, but didn't play like it. montreal up, 1-0. they won it, 2-0. one thing you need in the postseason is good goaltending. the sabers ryan miller stood on his head against the flyers. patrick coletta gave buffalo the lead in the third. sabers beat the flyers, 1-0. to san jose, sharks and canes needed overtime. sharks won in dramatic fashion, 3-2. bible after a close start, the rays are starting to turn things around against the twins.
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johnny damon with a walk-off homer in the ninth. tampa won it, 3-2. in game two with the mets, another home run. troy is on four straight. the play of the game was by a ball boy named anthony. daniel murphy, a shot down the line. anthony jumped up and made the grab. new york fans didn't have much to cheer about. they lost both games. anthony's grab brought them to their feet. finally, an incredible slide to show from you high school baseball. we go to mississippi. j.d. wright ripped the ball. k.d. walker somehow, some way jumped over the catcher avoiding the tag and he was safe. unbelievable. walker put on the brakes and popped up and over to the plate. you can't teach that. truly an amazing play like no other. that's your early look at sports on "early today." have a great weekend. i'm fred roggin.
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>> there you go. a star in the making. coming up, soap opera fans around the country are in mourning. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, when it comes to proposals, most men do the get on one knee thing. but every once in a while, a guy comes along who goes the extra mile. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back. we have a dangerous situation
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with very strong storms possible. tornados this morning along the arkansas, tennessee and mississippi border. watch out in memphis over the next couple of hours. eventually those will sweep through the southeast with more dangerous storms. as we take you through your weekend, thunderstorms from d.c. down to the southeast will be pushing off the carolina coast as we go throughout your saturday. by sunday, everything is all clear on the eastern seaboard. no problems. the middle of the country looks pretty good, too. the next storm system will be coming up there through the northern rockies. if you're watchingous wlvz 2 bangor, maine, see a series of lighthouses, shadow play, at the university of maine museum of art. that's your "early today" event of the day. >> bill, thank you. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. this weekend, two new very different films will battle it out for number one. after making well over $50 million last weekend overseas,
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the family animated comedy "rio" lands in theaters here. it should land on top of the heap with nearly $30 million. expectations are high for the latest "scream four." more experts see it finishing second with $25 million to $30 million. elsewhere, how does a grateful daughter say thank you? taylor swift bought her parents a $1.4 million dollars in nashville. that will do. "lincoln" will star daniel day-lewis as lincoln. for some, it's the end of the world as we know it. abc has announced the cancellation of "all my children" and "one life to live." bill, what will you do with your afternoons? >> i never really got into those. but it's sad, because my mom,
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growing up, i remember that was a big part of her life. >> it's the end of an era. it's been on for 40 years. >> time is changing. >> it is. and this comes to us from orlando, wherefore one woman in central florida, the view from above never looked so good. the woman had no clue what she was in for when she boarded a private plane with her boyfriend. in mid flight, her boyfriend pointed out a sight she really needed to see. it was a proposal, his proposal, carved in big letters on a grass covered vacant lot. she gladly accepted turning the flight into a trip these love birds will always remember. how can you say no to that? come on. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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and this is what it looks like at 4:28 in the morning on a friday in the nation's capital. 54 degrees. mild day. about a three quarter size moon. >> very pretty. >> good morning. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to news 4 for this friday, april 15, 2011. a budget deal that will fund the government for six more months has been approved and is on its way to president obama today. the house approved the bill
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260-167 last night. a short time later, it passed through the senate. the bill, which cuts $38 billion from the $3.8 trillion budget was the result of negotiations involving the white house and lawmakers from both parties. >> that budget deal included stipulations on how the district can spend its own money. today a group of student activists will hold a protest demanding the district be given representation in congress. that event will start at 10:30 this morning at the stewart r.mott house, 122 maryland avenue northeast. emancipation day rally will be held today. it will mark the day when president abraham lincoln freed the slaves in d. cancer. that rally begins a lot 12:30, franklin square, 13th and i streets northwest.

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